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Kids & the HPV Vaccine: Everything Moms Need to Know - Café Mom

If your kids are tweens or teens, your pediatrician may have suggested it's time for the HPV vaccine. Which may have you thinking, yikes, my kid isn't having sex at 11! Do I really have to think about this right now? (A link to the NCSH guide is included in the article.)

 

It's Official - This is the Birth Control Most Healthcare Providers Use Themselves - Women's Health

A new study published in the journal Contraception surveyed 488 female family planning providers ages 25 to 44 and found that of the 331 who said they were on birth control, 40% use an intrauterine device. Sixteen percent said they use the Pill, while only 9% rely on condoms to prevent unwanted pregnancy.

 

Clinician Support Critical to HPV Vaccination - Medpage Today

Immunization against HPV continues to lag behind rates for other vaccine-preventable diseases, primarily because of lost opportunities in the clinic, according to participants in a national conference.

 

Are Your Grandparents Having More Sex Than You? - CBS News

New research published in the journal Archives of Sexual Behavior found that people whose marriages endure longer than 50 years experience a slight rebound in sexual activity after their golden anniversary. Additionally, people who remain in their first marriages long-term have sex more frequently than those who remarry.
 

CDC News: First-of-its-kind Model Estimates HIV Transmission at Each Stage of Care - Aids.gov

A new CDC study has concluded that 9 in 10 new HIV infections in the United States could be averted by diagnosing people living with HIV and ensuring they receive prompt, ongoing care and treatment. The statistical model used in the study clearly demonstrates the importance of testing and treatment for HIV prevention.

 

Report: Women Embrace More Effective Birth Control - USA Today

The most effective methods of reversible birth control are rapidly gaining popularity among US girls and women, a new report shows.

   
About half of all pregnancies in the US are unintended. But if birth control pills were available over the counter and covered by insurance, the rate of unintended pregnancies could drop by as much as 25%, according to a study published Friday in the journal Contraception.

Merck Grants Free License for Pediatric HIV Drug - Washington Post

Drugmaker Merck & Co. has granted a free license allowing one of its HIV medicines to be made and sold inexpensively for use in young children in poor countries hard hit by the AIDS virus. 

 

The Future of Male Birth Control - US News & World Report

The birth control pill is a popular option for women, and a similar drug could be available for men. 

 

Low Libido in Women: What's Killing Your Sex Drive? - SHAPE

Desire disorders are plaguing more and more young women. Shape.com looks into why and what can be done to help

 

Fifty Shades of Blush: Why Is It So Hard to Talk to Kids About Sex? - Huffington Post

Comical images of red-faced, squirmy parents trying to get themselves through some variation of "The Talk" ultimately make us laugh at ourselves, and that's always a good thing. But, decades of work with generations of parents makes me think there's something deeper than learned discomfort and embarrassment going on here.

 

What's an Anal Pap Smear? Here's Everything You Need to Know - Cosmopolitan

Anal pap smears look for cellular changes, the same way they would look for cellular changes in a vaginal pap smear. They look for what's called any evidence of dysplasia, pre-cancer cells or potential pre-cancer changes.

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